Hyperloop One, which is trying to implement Elon Musks idea to revolutionize passenger and freight transportation, held a summit in New Delhi graced by the presence of eminent ministers to present its India vision and also discussed the probable Hyperloop routes to be developed in India.
For those uninitiated, Hyperloop is a futuristic transportation concept proposed by the renowned inventor Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX. Hyperloop aims to drastically reduce travel times by pushing magnetically accelerated pods through tubes built between cities.
Hyperloop One is the only company that is building a functional Hyperloop system. Following the successful public demonstration of the propulsion motor in May 2016 Hyperloop One is on track to run the world’s first full-system test in 2017 in Nevada.
Hyperloop One Global Challenge (HOGC) selected 35 semifinalists across the globe from 2,600 registrants and 5 of the Semi-finalist are from India. The five HOGC semi-finalist teams from India and their proposed routes are as follows:
- AECOM – Bengaluru-to-Chennai: 334 km in 20 minutes. Meeting the demand of a passenger and freight super-corridor growing at 15% a year.
- LUX Hyperloop Network – Bengaluru-to-Thiruvananthapuram: 736 km in 41 minutes. Connects two major ports in southern India with population centers of Coimbatore and Kochi.
- Dinclix GroundWorks – Delhi-to-Mumbai via Jaipur and Indore: 1,317 km in 55 minutes. Freight and passengers. Connects two megacities and creates seaport access for landlocked intermediary cities in the interior.
- Hyperloop India – Mumbai-to-Chennai via Bengaluru: 1,102 km. 50 minutes. Phased development for freight and passengers. Boosts capacity at ports of Mumbai and Chennai, creates a Suez Canal-like link between India’s coasts.
- Infi-Alpha – Bengaluru to Chennai: 334 km in 20 minutes. Meeting the demand of a passenger and freight super-corridor growing at 15% a year. Connects with major airports.
So, one of these routes could benefit from Hyperloop transportation in near future.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees of technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,” said Shervin Pishevar, Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. “India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and reimagining how cities and regions work. The Prime Minister’s vision of connecting the country is directly aligned with Hyperloop One’s objective of connecting the world. With initiatives such as ‘Make In India’ and ‘Digital India’, we do see ourselves working in this direction in India.”